FOR train enthusiasts and lovers of all things miniature, the Great Little Train Show fits the bill.
“It is affordable fun for kids,” train show committee member Wendy Metcalfe said.
“It’s about seeing the [train] layouts and having a train ride.”
Hosted by the Southland Society of Model Engineers (SSME), the annual show will feature a display of 20 model train layouts coming from as far north as Christchurch, as well as demonstrations of remote-controlled cars, boats and yachts, and train rides on miniature locomotives.
The Southland Woodworkers Guild will display their members’ work, and there will be a large 9m by 6m Lego display courtesy of the LUG (Lego Users Group) South.
As well, there will be a substantial buy, sell and trade area, raffles running with prizes including wooden and electric model train sets, and a variety of food stalls operating.
Committee member Les Greer said a miniature replica Kiwirail diesel locomotive, the latest model the club had to display, would be a feature of this year’s show and would be available to take passengers for rides around the club’s outdoor railway track.
Mrs Metcalfe said the locomotive was built by her husband Peter, who had spent “hours and hours” building it, with help from Jim Brown and other club members.
“It has been a labour of love from a lot of people to help him.”
Based on previous years, the organisers said they expected a crowd of between 4000 and 5000 to attend the event over its two-day run.
Little Train Show is the SSME’s major fundraiser for the year.
The Great Little Train Show, Badminton Halls and SSME grounds, Surrey Park, October 21 and 22, 10am-4pm. Family pass $10 (two adults and up to three children), adults $5, children $2. Train rides $2.